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Thursday, May 04, 2006

USS Columbus Hazing Trial Dates Set

[Intel Source: The Sub Report] Navy Times is reporting that four of the seven USS Columbus Sailors charged in the recent hazing incidents will go on trial starting in June. Excerpts:

"He also faces four counts of assault for allegedly grabbing the victim’s neck with his arm, holding his hands behind his back, punching him in the groin and pouring alcohol on his clothes with threat of lighting it on fire, according to the official charge sheet.
"Another sailor... will in a June 19-21 special court-martial face two counts of conspiracy, two counts of hazing the second-class petty officer, three counts of assault and one count of making a threat...
"(He) is charged with hazing for allegedly pouring alcohol on the victim’s clothes with threat of lighting it on fire and with assault for allegedly punching and hitting him in the groin, according to the charge sheet. He’s also charged with threatening the victim, allegedly saying “if you tell anyone about this … I will f—-ing kill you.”
"(Another Sailor) will be tried from June 21-23 on two counts each of conspiracy, hazing and assault on the second-class petty officer. (He) is charged with hazing for pouring allegedly alcohol on the victim’s clothes with threat of lighting them on fire, and with assault for allegedly hitting him in the groin and face, according to the official charges.
"The fourth sailor... will face a special court-martial set for July 19-21 on charges of four counts of assault after he allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at three victims. (He) also faces one count each of dereliction of duty for improperly handling his weapon and of making a threat after he allegedly he told one victim, “Show me the picture or I’ll blow your head off,” according to the charge sheet."

If these charges are true, and the Navy is saying that only one supervisor knew what was going on, then the rest of the officers and nuke Chiefs must have been so oblivious to what was happening with their boat and crew that they should possibly be considered for charges of dereliction.


Blogger WillyShake said...

I have to agree, we know how submarine environments work, and if more of "the khakis" didn't know what was going on--or weren't, at the very least, keeping a close eye on these SOB's (cuz ya know that there had to be previous or other behavior that ought to have been 'red flags')--then they must have been looking the other way.

Sad. It's very hard for me to accept the fact that their are submariners like this--sadly, I'm sure that there are probably more than we care to think, but hopefully the system weeds them out before they do too much damage (as in this case).

5/04/2006 4:59 PM

Anonymous Cricket said...

You know, it is a sad commentary across the board with regard to the military...we are all tainted with this brush because we see and do nothing, or we see and do something.

5/08/2006 8:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, I know the there are some officers or higher-ups who know about this but don't want to get involved. I have seen it first hand and hate that people don't speak up because "It's not their business." Bull!!!

5/13/2006 2:38 AM

Blogger ceejaecee said...

I am a hazing victim too. The entire affair was khaki-colored. To this day, the "cover-up" is still colored "khaki". The Navy just dosen't get it. So they claim to "re-train" their sailors? Sounds good on a JAGMAN investigation...don't it? Letters of reprimand, forfeiting pay, reduction in rate...please? My career is over. Okay, but I'm alive, I guess I should be grateful! Shame on the Navy on the so-called "leadership" MCPON and his "guidelines". RIGHT!

8/19/2006 9:45 PM


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